12 In-Season Ways to Use Pomegranate

Last Updated January 26, 2017
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12 pomegranate recipes

Considered a superfood for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, pomegranate is a wonderfully sweet and tangy addition to any winter recipe.

Some of these recipes call for pomegranate juice, which you can simply buy at the supermarket or health food store. Others require the whole pomegranate arils (the individual, bright red seed pods).

Opening and de-seeding a pomegranate can be messy, but here are two very important tricks.

  • It stains, so an apron is a good idea if you're wearing something nice.
  • Use a knife to make a shallow cut around the center of the fruit, but don't cut all the way through. Use your fingers to pry apart the two halves. Over a large bowl, hold the pomegranate seed side down in one hand while you firmly tap the rind with a wooden spoon or spatula. The seeds will come loose and fall out. 

Eating the seeds straight from the bowl is always a treat, but there are so many great uses for pomegranate here -- drinks, desserts, sauces. Enjoy!

Grilled Polenta Cakes with Pomegranate Sauce

Serve these savory polenta cakes with their tangy sauce as an appetizer, side dish or light meal, alone or with a salad and parsnip purée. (The recipe is linked at left) You can, and should, make...

White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberry Pomegranate Jam

Jennifer Smith, co-owner of Ex Voto Chocolate and Confections, created this festive white chocolate cheesecake, perfect for entertaining, especially for Edible Ojai & Ventura County. The white...

Pomegranate Molasses

Reduce pomegranate juice to a molasseslike consistency, and—violà!—you have pomegranate molasses. Widely used in Middle Eastern cookery, its addictively intense sweet and tart flavor is now...

Pear and Pomegranate Pavlova

I first made pavlova with my good friend Michael. He had his mum’s recipe and it was fabulous. I’ve since become slightly addicted to this dessert. In fact, last summer could have been called the...

Easy Cardamom Apple Tart With Pomegranate Maple Glaze

apple tart
A perfect accompaniment to a one-pot main course, this apple tart takes mere minutes to prep. You can pop in the oven when dinner is served, and it will be done in time for dessert. You can find...

Red Pepper, Walnut, and Pomegranate Spread (Muhammara)

Red Pepper, Walnut, and Pomegranate Spread
Peppers, both hot and sweet, are native to the New World and were carried by Spanish and Portuguese explorers to the Old World in the 1500s, from which they were fairly quickly disseminated globally....

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Pomegranate Orange Butter

For me, nothing screams fall like bread pudding. It sticks to your ribs, stimulates your senses and contents your tummy. This recipe is a classic, but is a little less sweet than what you might get in...

Duck Breast with Pomegranate Glaze and Wild Rice

Duck Breast with Pomegranate Glaze and Wild Rice
Growing up we always had wild rice at Thanksgiving and Christmas, since its assertive texture and flavor went well with meat and game. Although the wild rice may seem an afterthought in this dish, it...

Pomegranate & Cranberry Cordial

Pomegranate & Cranberry Cordial
This seasonal cocktail is delicious topped with ginger beer.
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